The Ming Pao Category II Indecent Material

Earlier, the Chinese University Student Press had published some survey questions and results in its 'erotic' section.  Subsequently, that section has been classified as Category II Indecent material by the Obscene Articles Tribunal (consisting of one magistrate and two adjudicators) in Hong Kong.  The student editors face a maximum penalty of HK$400,000 and 12 months in jail.  The student editors are presently applying for a review of that judgment.

Meanwhile, for purpose of discussion, Ming Pao used its Sunday Life Section on May 13, 2007 to address this issue for the general public to read (note: The Chinese University Student Press is only distributed on the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus and most other citizens have never read the controversial essays that were discussed in the media).  Ming Pao did not reproduce what was published in Chinese University Student Press.  Rather, it took the survey questions and asked a cultural writer to formulate different sets of answers in order to provoke thoughts and discussions.  For its trouble, Ming Pao's essay has also been classified as Category II Indecent material by the Obscene Articles Tribunal (consisting of one magistrate and two adjudicators) in Hong Kong.  Ming Pao faces a maximum penalty of HK$400,000 and 12 months in jail.

Unless you have read the original materials, you cannot judge because all you have got is filtered media commentary and opinion.  Indeed, the media have given different opinions based upon their editorial stances.  The Ming Pao essay has been translated here, so that you can decide for yourself.  In so doing, I am reproducing material that has already been classified as  Category II Indecent.  As such, I face a maximum penalty of HK$400,000 and 12 months in jail if someone should denounce me to the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority.  (WARNING: If you even so much as hyperlink to this page, you will run the same risk as well).  However, since my English translation is not necessary identical to the original Chinese essay (for example, the Ming Pao article used ■■■■■■■■ whereas I re-introduced 'father/mother/brother/sister' to make it clear that the reference was about incest), TELA will have to refer the case to the Obscene Articles Tribunal for classification.  The OAT will have to convene a panel of one magistrate and two adjudicators.  Now wouldn't it be insane if the two adjudicators come up with a different decision than the ones who pronounced judgment on Ming Pao?  Hee hee hee ...

Alternately, I am quite prepared to accept whatever consequences.  There are other Chinese-language bloggers who are already reproducing the Category II Indecent essay of Ming Pao.


(Ming Pao via Sina.com.hk)  Three Types of Answers to the Erotic Survey Questionnaire.  May 13, 2007.

[in translation]

At a time when Hong Kong society is still debating about whether "lemon tea" should be the subject title for essay composition in the joint school examinations, the mainland Chinese university entrance examination had already used "the answers are rich and colorful" as the essay title in year 2000 in order to judge the creativity and writing skills of their students.  As a test title, "the answers are rich and colorful" creates a space for questioning -- what kind of topic will bring out rich and colorful answers?  The assignment of the students was not just writing an essay, for they must show some skill in asking questions.

Asking questions is a skill.  The affair of the erotic page in the Chinese University student newspapers has been in the news for almost one week.  The most critical comments have been directed against the fourteen survey questions about preferences and guidance.  Fortunately, while the questions may be pathetic,  the answers may nevertheless be rich and colorful.

In the following, we have especially prepared three sets of model answers to those survey questions.  You can take whatever you want based upon your needs.  Here are the backgrounds of the three respondents:

A. The good model child answer (note: this is especially suitable for persons who are concerned about the reputation of the school, the character of university students and social morals).
B. "A grassroots person"
C. "A sterilized ivory tower inhabitant"

Here is the Q&A:

Q1. Do you feel that making love is boring?
A: The teacher said, "Premarital sex is wrong."
B. Boring?  It beats tilling the fields under the sun or in the rain?  You university students who think making love is boring are wasting taxpayer money!
C. The question presupposes that the respondent has sexual experience and assumes that making love is boring . This violates the principles of objectivity and neutrality.  I recommend that you take the course <Social Research Methods 101>.

Q2. Do you feel that making love is annoying?  What is most annoying about it?
A. Love is sacrosanct.  Sex is only a very small part of it.  Love is for eternity.  My friend's friend said that if you close your eyes, the minutes will pass by quickly.  Oh!  Did I misspeak?  Excuse me!
B. Can it be more annoying than answering this survey questionnaire?  Are you done yet?
C. The mistakes in Q1 were repeated.  Moreover, the topic is too broad and it will be difficult to collect the data.  You are recommended to use a structured questionnaire.  Using this question as illustration: What do you think is most annoying about making love?
    a. seeking and then persuading a person who would have a relationship with you.
    b. seeking an ideal venue for engaging in sexual intercourse.
    c. the preparations before sexual intercourse (please list the individual items)
    d. the process of sexual intercourse itself (please list the individual items)
    e. the post-evaluation and follow-up work after sexual intercourse has taken place (please list the individual items)
    f. others

Q3. Have you ever fantasized about making love with your father, mother, brother or sister?
A. Absolutely not.  The family is the foundation of the society.  The harmonious society is premised upon the harmonious family.  Chinese tradition values the three cardinal guides and the five constant virtues.  The three cardinal guides are ... (approximately one thousand words have been omitted here)
B. You open up the court page in the newspapers.  Every other day or so, there is some news about some dad molesting his daughter, or an old man molesting his stepdaughter and so on.  The reporters write the stories as if they were there and watched everything.  It is sufficient just to read these stories.
C. Incest is the number one taboo in human society.  Precisely for this reason, incest has become the theme of a countless number of literary works and motion pictures.  Through exploring this topic, the authors challenge and subvert the mode of thinking that mankind has accepted as custom, or even as moral value.  For example, in the South Korean movie <Original Sinner>, the avenger arranged for the father and daughter to commit incest unknowingly.  Meanwhile, the avenger was in love with his sister.  The movie forced the audience to re-consider the multiple meanings and diverse perspectives on incest.  The characteristic of the post-modernist society is that it can realize man's recognition and confusion about his multiple identities ... (approximately ten thousand words have been omitted here)

Q4. Have you peeped at people bathing, changing clothes, masturbating or making love?
A. Confucius said, "Do not watch what is improper; do not listen to what is improper; do not speak improperly and do not act improperly."  Since this question is improper, I shall not answer.
B. I work from 6am to midnight.  I have not seen my family for some time.  How do I have the spare time to watch them bathe?  Besides, you are university students so you ought to be fighting for maximum wages and minimum working hours! (note: the grassroots person must have made a mistake because he probably meant minimum wages and maximum working hours).
C. In English, the act of peeping is known as voyeurism, which is derived from the French verb voir.  It refers to the derivation of pleasure from the act of watching the bodies of other people or their sexual activities.  This is likely to bring out serious personality disorders.  Those students who answer "Yes" should contact the university health clinic or guidance center immediately.

Q5.  On the street, which types of persons (or animals/objects) arouse your desire most of all?
A. The teacher said, "In a society filled with lust and consumerism, we must watch over our wild hearts and not let desires take control over us."
B. What is desire?  How is it different from lust?
C. The many ways of people and the street scenes can all become the sources of inspiration.  For people like us who value the pursuit of knowledge and satisfaction, the verb 'arouse' is too primitive and bestial, and therefore quite inappropriate.

Q6. Have you ever imagined making love with your friend's boyfriend/girlfriend?
A. I told you already that premarital sex is wrong.
B. You must not covert the wife of a friend.  Don't you understand this principle?
C. My best friends are all great philosophers.  I only communicate with them through the works that they hand down for eternity.

Q7. If you did, how would you cope with the fantasy about the boyfriend/girlfriend of your best friend?
Q8. Will you try to realize that fantasy? If so, how will you do it?
A. I will repeat it once more.  I have joined the campaign of making a virginity pledge before I marry as run by some organization or the other.  I cannot even think about this.
B. Why is your question so weird?  Cope with what?  A fantasy is a fantasy.  What is there to cope with?
C. These are two questions and they seem to imply that there is a connection between fantasy and practice.  A fantasy is actually a very personal and private thought process.  It is a human activity that people will engage it consciously or unconconsciouusly when they are awake.  Fantasy do not have an essential relationship with reality, and does not require special handling.  When people fantasize about something, they are revealing desires that they may not be able to articulate.  I recommend that those students who are interested in studying this topic should use content analysis to analyze the stories in the erotic pages of the mainstream newspapers (aka sexy page, dirty page, porno page) and tabulate the most frequently appearing topics in order to explore the collective sexual consciousness of the people of Hong Kong.

Q9. When you masturbate, whom do you think about?
A. If necessary, I will swim, run, read or walk on the beach.
B. Is it necessary to masturbate?
C. There shouldn't be any need?  Masturbation is the best moment to explore one's body.  You are the means as well as the ends.

Q10. Which animal do you want to make love with most of all?
A. Can I answer with "Hello mewme"?
B. Do you mean an animal?  If you make it with an animal, can you still call that love?
C. Sorry, I have not conducted the relevant research.  Actually, scholars have divergent opinions on this topic without having arrived at any definitive conclusion.  Let me research the archives before I reply to you.

Q11. What do you think is the optimal number of men and women that you make love to at one time?
A. Your question is going too far.  What is your student ID number?  I am going to denounce you immediately.
B. My mind is willing, but my body is unable.
C. The Wei Xiaobao scenario of having seven wives under the same blanket is the fantasy of the little man.  Our students should consult the 1984 publication about "Old Zhou's body" by Readers Digest to understand the physiology of the human body first before attempting to answer this question.

Q12.  Where in the Chinese University of Hong Kong do you want to make love most of all?
A. My first choice in the university entrance examination is Hong Kong University.
B. Do you mean a place to become a good person?
C. Making love is an act between two persons.  Respect is the key to maintaining a good relationship.  The two sides need to negotiate to arrive at a consensus before reaching a decision.  Recommended further reading: "35 dating tips that you must know."

Q13.  Do you feel that the ban on opposite sex students staying overnight in student dormitories is prejudicial against heterosexual love?
A. If I were accepted by Hong Kong University, I would definitely apply to live in the dormitories.  I heard that the dormitory experience is useful.  We will get plenty of opportunity to learn about sex and collective life through 'happy corner,' 'dem cheers' and other activities.  Can I answer this question when the time comes?
B. Does having too many opposite sex partners result in prejudice against you?
C. This question fails totally, because there are too many assumptions and there is some confusion about the theme.  Besides, you need to explain the connection between "man and woman staying together overnight" and "prejudice against heterosexual love."

Q14. Have you ever let the problems in your sex life (which you cannot say) affect your love life?
A. I have neither sex nor love.  I concentrate on studying, I try my best to be a good person and I make contributions towards society.  Are you happy with that, Teacher?
B. "A man is nothing but a plaything.  It is no big deal.  Love is just a game ..."
C. First, let us make this quite clear.  Are you asking about a 'causal relationship' or a 'correlation'?  They are completely different matters ...  (The entire courseware on research methodology has been deleted in the following.)

In the above model answers, the three types of responses may not have been rich and colorful.  Furthermore, they are probably guilty of being evasive.  But being evasive is a characteristic of Hong Kong society.  That is the reason why the student newspaper said that it wants to "reflect on the monolithic discourse.  Meanwhile, the university authorities used "indecent and vulgar," "going beyond the acceptable moral bottom line," "causing uneasiness," "impacting the interests of other students of the Chinese University of Hong," "damaging the reputation of the Chinese University of Hong Kong" and other comments to respond to the affair.  They did not deal with whether the students' erotic page was thought-provoking, or whether those thoughts were deep and significant, or how to make people think, and so on.  Instead, the dialogue was turned into a confrontation, and this was a wasted opportunity for learning.

Can Hong Kong accept "rich and colorful answers"?  From top to bottom, right to left, does it only expect safe and acceptable standard answers?

Editor's note: This article used the techniques of the mainland Chinese erotic novel <The Forever Vigorous Ancient Capital My Xi'an 废都> by Jian Ping'ao (賈平凹).

Editor: 曾祥泰
Author: 陶囍

[Blogger's comments]  The original Ming Pao article is behind a firewall, but the same article is reproducted officially at Sina.com.hk.  Strange, isn't?  The Ming Pao article was classified by the Obscene Articles Tribunal as Category II Indecent with a maximum penaly of HK$400,000 and 12 months in jail.  But nobody cares about the same article at Sina.com.hk.  Why?  Because the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority will do nothing until a complaint comes in.] 


For those in mainland China, here is the essay in simplified Chinese characters:

当香港社会还在争论会考应否出现「柠檬茶」之类的作文题目时,早在2000年,大陆高考已经以「答案是丰富多采的」为题,评核学生的创意和写作技巧。作为一个考题,「答案是丰富多采的」高章,在于它为考生预留了一个提问的空间──什么样的问题,会带来丰富多采的答案?考生的任务,远不止于写一篇文章,也要显露一下发问的本领。

发问当然是一项本领。闹了近一周的学生报情色版事件,舆论批评最烈的,就是那份包含了十四条充满倾向性和引导性的问题的问卷。幸好,问题大可不济,答案却可以是丰富多采的。

特答案备范例三款,欢迎各取所需。

A.好孩子标准答案版(按:特别适用于回应关心校誉、大学生品格和社会道德人士时使用)
B.「基层人士」
C.
「经消毒的象牙塔口吻」

一:你唔觉得做爱好闷_咩?

A.老师说,婚前性行为是不对的。
B.闷?点都好过日晒雨淋锄地吧?你班大学生,做爱都嗌闷,简直浪费纳税人金钱!
C.问题预设答题者有性经验,亦认定做爱是沉闷的,违反客观和中立原则,建议修读社会调查方法101

二:你唔觉得做爱好烦咩?最烦系__

A.爱情是神圣的,性只是其中一小部分。爱是恒久忍耐,我朋友的朋友说,合上眼睛,几分钟好快过。噢!我失言了吗?Excuse me
B.烦得过答你呢份问卷?问完未?
C.重覆题一的错误。另,题目太开放,处理数据时会较困难,建议采用structured questionnaire
以本题为例:你认为做爱最叫人烦恼的是什么?
a. 寻找并说服愿意与之发生关系的对象
b. 寻找进行性行为的理想场地
c. 性行为前的准备程序(请注明个别事项)
d. 性行为过程(请注明个别事项)
e. 完成性行为后的检讨和跟进工作(请注明个别事项)
f.
其他

三:你有幻想过同■■■■■■■■做爱?

A.绝不。家庭是社会的基石,和谐社会的前题是和谐家庭,中国传统重视三纲五常,三纲为(下删1000字)
B.打开法庭版,三日两头就有阿爸搞阿女呀,阿叔搞继侄女呀的新闻,记者写到在现场一样,净睇都够啦。
C.乱伦是人类社会的头号禁忌,正因如此,乱伦成为了无数文学和电影作品的题旨,作者通过探索这个命题,挑战和颠覆人类约定俗成的思考方式,以至道德价值。例如在韩国电影《原罪犯》中,复仇的手段,竟然是安排父女在不知情的情_下乱伦,而复仇者本身却跟亲姐相爱,电影逼使观众重新思索乱伦的多重意义和多元视角。后现代社会的特征,最能体现在人对自身多种身分的认知和迷失(下删10000
字)

四:你有装过家人_凉、换衫、自慰、做爱?

A.子曰:非礼勿视、非礼勿听、非礼勿言、非礼勿动。问题非礼,不答。
B.我朝六晚十二,都好耐无见屋企人,边得闲装地冲凉?话时话,你们是大学生,应该去争取什么最高工资最低工时啦!(按:基层人士手快写错,估计为最低工资最高工时之误。)
C.偷窥,英文为voyeurism,由法文voir
而来,解作看,指通过观看他人身体或性行为而获取快感。中文惯称这类人为瞥伯,长期倚赖偷窥而得到性满足,可能会诱发严重的人格问题。答案为「有」的同学,请联络大学保健处或辅导处。

五:在街上什么人(或动物、东西)最能挑起你的欲望?

A.老师说,在物欲横流、消费至上的社会,我们要学会看管自己狂野的内心,不让欲念控制我们。
B._叫欲望?同欲火有什么不同?
C.
人生百态,街道风景,都可以成为灵感的泉源,对我们这类重视知性追求和满足感的人来说,「挑」这个字太原始,太动物性了,不适用。

六:你有幻想过同朋友的男朋友或女朋友做爱?

A.我都话婚前性行为是不对的。
B.朋友妻,不可窥,你不是连这个道理都不懂呀?
C.
我最好的朋友都是伟大的哲人,我只与他们传世的作品神交。

七:如果有,你点样处理你同你死党同男或女朋友既幻想?

八:定系实现_幻想,你又点样处理?

A.我再说一次,我已经参加了不知哪个团体办的「未结婚,守处身」运动,想也不敢想。
B.乜你地个问题_口?处理乜呀?幻想咪幻想罗,点解要处理?
C.这两条问题,似乎在暗示幻想跟实践的连系。幻想其实是十分个人化和私人化的思维活动,也是人类清醒时经常有意识或无意识地进行的活动。幻想跟现实没有必然关系,也毋须特别处理,但人们幻想什么,却会透露连自己也未能言说的欲望。建议有兴趣研究这个课题的同学,以内容分析方法,分析主流报章情色版(aka
风月版、咸湿版、色情版)刊登的小说,统计经常出现的主题,初探香港人的集体性意识。

九:你自慰/■■■时会谂住边个?

A.有需要时我会游泳、跑步、阅读,或者行沙滩。
B.有需要吗?
C.没有这个需要吧?自慰是探索自己身体的最佳时刻,自己是工具(the means),也是目标(the end
)。

十:你最想同咩动物做爱?

A.可以答hello mewme吗?
B.你意思是畜牲?同动物做,还叫爱吗?
C.
对不起,我没有做过这方面的研究。事实上,学者对这个题目意见纷纭,没有定案。让我先回顾文献再答你。

十一:你觉得一次过同几多男几多女做爱系最好 optimal、最理想)?

A.你的问题,太过分了。你学生证几号?我现在就去举报你。
B.我有心,无力。
C.韦小宝式的大被同眠,说穿了是小男人的幻想。同学最好参考读者文摘于1984
年出版的《老周的身体》,先了解一下人体构造再答。

十二:你最想_中大边度做爱?

A.我联招第一志愿是港大。
B.,大学呀大佬!可以在大学里做爱的吗?大学不是做学问、做研究、做好一个人的地方吗?
C.
做爱是两个人的事,尊重是维系良好关系的要诀,做爱地点这么严肃的一件事,双方要经过充分协商,取得共识,才能定夺,建议延伸阅读:「三十五个你不可不知的约会锦囊」。

十三:你觉唔觉得宿舍唔畀男女过夜系歧视异性恋?

A.如果我考入港大,我一定会申请入住宿舍,听说舍堂教育很有用,我们会有很多机会通过happy cornerdem cheers和各类活动认识性和学习群体生活,到时我再答你这问题好不好?
B.异性恋人多,都会被歧视?
C.
这问题完全不及格,太多假设,主体不清,请界定「歧视」和「异性恋」之意,另,「男女过夜」和「歧视异性恋」之间有何关连,请加以阐述。

十四:因为性生活问题(又唔讲出来)而影响爱情?

A.我无性又无爱,专心读书,努力做人,贡献社会。老师,你满意未?
B.「男人不过是一件玩具,没什么大不了;爱情不过是一场游戏
C.来,先弄清楚,你在问的是一个因果(causal relationship)关系,还是一个相关关系(correlation)
,中间学问很不同啊(下删整个研究方法导论课程)。

作为范例,以上三款答案实在未算丰富多采,兼有回避问题之嫌。不过,回避问题从来也是本地社会的特色,因此才会出现学生报说要「反思一元性论述」,校方却以「不雅及粗鄙」、「超出社会可接受的道德底线」、「令人不安」、「影响其他中大同学的利益」、「损害校誉」等结论回应,而不是跟「肇事」的学生讨论情色版是否真的在反思性、反思是否够深入和有质素、用了什么方法反思等相关问题。对话变成对立,白白糟塌了一个宝贵的教育机会。

香港,能够接受「答案是丰富多采的」吗?还是由上而下,从左到右,骨子里都在期盼稳当安全大方得体的标准答案?

编按:本文处理手法参考内地情色小说《废都》。
编辑:曾祥泰
文:陶